Reflections on 20 years of marriage
My spouse, Helen, and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary. Only about six of those years have been as legal spouses — but that just gives us a chance to celebrate both our real anniversary a...
Tales from Disney
My family and I just returned from a week at Disney World. Disney, at its worst, has represented crass commercialism, gender and racial stereotypes and saccharine melodies. At its best, however, it...
In the wake of tragedy
This was going to be a very different column. Then 20 children died in Connecticut.
A gunman opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, leaving 20 children and seven a...
Poetry and academia reveal LGBT lives
Stories can be told in many ways. Two new works — one poetic, one academic — take strikingly different approaches to telling the stories of LGBT people and families.
The first is by Lesléa Newman,...
Parenting beyond our genders
One of the most common arguments against same-sex parents is that “all children need a mother and a father.” But some LGBT parents are making the argument that being a mother or a father is not nec...
My son is turning 9 soon, and it frightens me. Nine is perilously close to 10, first of the double digits, rubbing shoulders with that phantasm of every parent’s nightmares, puberty. Nine seems lik...